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Macau job rules don’t workND

Muhammed Cohen, Asia Times Online, 19 October 2010

The Macau government has recently introduced tighter regulations for hiring non-residents, signifying a crackdown on foreign workers and forcing employers to give precedence to local employees. The regulations have however faced strong opposition, with employers arguing that they now have difficulty finding qualified employees, as well as delaying existing construction projects and thus slowing potential economic growth. The regulations are criticised for not adequately addressing the underlying problems in Macau, which require better qualification of the local workforce and increased inflows of labour. For more information see

India: the future of management education?ND

Tim Westerbeck, Bloomberg Businessweek, 17 September 2010

India has recently witnessed a huge growth in demand for management training, which has consequently led to growth and innovation in its business school sector. Currently, India is in a position to become a global leader in management education, learning from the mistakes of the West to create an innovative business education sector. There are six ideas that India needs to follow to reinvent management education and become a global leader; these being the need to introduce cross-disciplinary education programs, to design their business schools as global institutions, to create strong ties with businesses, to utilise technology-based learning, to ignore the established ranking criteria and to use innovation to deliver all forms of management training. For more information see

Moving women to the topND

McKinsey Quarterly, 15 October 2010

As more women move into leadership roles, their potential impact on business increases. While the majority of executives acknowledge the link between better financial performance and gender equality, few companies take actions to support women. Diversity is not a high priority within the majority of strategy decisions and the financial crisis has not changed this view. Among the common actions taken to support women are implemented support programs for reconciling work and family life, as well as programs to encourage female networking and role models. A more diverse range of activities are undertaken by larger firms and commonly senior executives are encouraged or mandated to mentor junior executives. For more information see

Carbon footprint labelsND

Martin Hickman, The Independent, 13 October 2010

In the UK it is estimated that by the end of 2010, a carbon footprint ethical label will become the second most commonly used standard for leading food brands. It shows that producers are working to reduce carbon emissions that cause global warming by the use of their products. In some cases the labels display the CO2 generated by each product and providing an insight into the level of pollution for each product. Consumers are increasingly becoming aware of carbon footprints for products and are trying to do something about it. For more information see

Geolocation services: find a smartphone, find a customerND

Kermit Pattison, New York Times, 6 October 2010

Marketing executives have been adopting social media in greater numbers with impressive results. Geolocation services are being used by businesses that depend on customer traffic. Location-based services are used to broadcast rewards programs or reward client loyalty as well as gathering important information about customers. It is important with these services that you set clear goals, offer specials to entice customers. Once customers have used the services or purchased the product it is important to reward customers to make sure they will come back. Finally, Geolocation services offer analytical tools that can help track important aspects of demographics relating to customers. For more information see

Give more power to your peopleND

Ravi Mattu, Financial Times, 6 October 2010

Shared visions across companies promote better employee engagement. It is even better when these ideas do not come from management since this is a truly employee embedded idea. Many companies wait for major crises before changing their employee engagement. This is the case because the biggest problem for companies is breaking down trust between management and staff. This is important both as an empowering exercise but also because communication relies on telling a story that resonates with employees. For more information see

Workspace design: Will aesthetics give your business the edge?ND

Knowledge@ASB, 5 October 2010

Many employees work in spaces that are poorly suited to the tasks at hand. This can hamper productivity. Workers want a comfortable office, a sufficient amount of work surface area in the office, the option to put a computer in the most suitable location and the capability to keep work within arm's reach, to contain sounds within the office, to keep out distracting noises from outside the office and to have ‘visual privacy’. A more relaxed atmosphere for an office can involve something as simple as adopting casual dress codes. Many things can affect employee productivity, even lighting and artwork. For more information see

Schools ignore sustainability revolutionND

David Grayson, Financial Times, 3 October 2010

Many businesses agree that sustainability is a critical issue for future business success. Business schools that educate future managers remain surprisingly slow to adopt this thinking. Sustainability and corporate responsibility require cross-disciplinary work and greater interaction with businesses. Business should use its leverage over schools to promote these issues. Businesses should specify what mindset they require of graduates and place greater emphasis on demands for sustainability expertise. For more information see

Why companies are watching your every facebook, youtube, twitter moveND

Tim Weber, BBC News, 3 October 2010

Companies are tracking the social media scene for hints about their products and clients. Many cannot envision marketing or their communications without social media. This is because the reactions and impact of a message through social media is immediate. Also social media can act as a warning signal when things go wrong. Good use of social media can reduce complaints and costly calls to service centres. One of the key aspects of effective social media is identifying the most influential people online. These may not be necessarily the people with the most friends but the most impact. For more information see

Thinking straight about sustainabilityND

Marc Epstein, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Summer 2010

CSR has been used as a term to describe company operations yet it has not been an input into managing company operations. The term Sustainability has been increasing in usage and is an important modification because it acknowledges the long-term impact of business decisions. Many decisions that impact sustainability are made in business units closest to the action rather than at corporate office level. Yet measurement of performance does not acknowledge these features of local business unit roles. There could quite possibly be short costs but these are always paid off by long-term improvements. This makes it difficult to measure the impact of social and environmental performance. Things such as hazardous waste are easy to quantify, others such as employee satisfaction are harder to quantify. For more information see

A truer picture of China’s export machineND

John Horn, McKinsey Quarterly, September 2010

The question most businesses are asking is whether China is becoming more domestically orientated. Businesses entering China could find greater opportunities for profit if this is the case, and all signs point to this occurring. Many of China’s imports are used domestically by businesses and not all of the raw materials are used for export materials. The analysis undertaken suggests that exports have been an important driver of Chinese growth yet not the dominant one. Companies operating export businesses from China may need to ask the question of domestic distribution. It is suggested that a greater share of exports will consist of higher priced goods to compete with those in the developed markets. For more information see

Big business mattersND

Judith Samuelson, Stanford Social Innovation Review, 30 September 2010

While the general public is distrustful and cynical about business, the reality is that big business is the most capable agent for solving important problems. While social enterprises are usually lacking in capital, big business can be reorganised with social entrepreneurship’s best features. Firstly, business purpose and public good should be aligned with business strategy. Second, social Intrapreneurs need to be encouraged. These are change agents working in businesses to find opportunities in any task. Thirdly, business ethical values need to be placed at the core of business education. For more information see

Boosting the productivity of knowledge workersND

Eric Matson and Laurence Prusak, McKinsey Quarterly, September 2010

A major opportunity for companies comes from raising the productivity of workers whose jobs primarily consist of decisions based on knowledge. Knowledge work cannot be automated and streamlined and performance metrics are not easily available. This is why so many companies settle on scattershot investments in many differing areas in the hope of improving productivity. Yet since the majority of knowledge work is conducted through interactions a good effort should start with this in mind. Many barriers exist that limit interactions, such as social and cultural barriers. For more information see

China’s rich split on philanthropyND

Laurie Burkitt, Wall Street Journal, 28 September 2010

Recent visits by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet to China have opened up a debate regarding Chinese philanthropy. Many wealthy Chinese have questioned the logic of creating large foundations in a country already burdened by so much red tape. Until very recently philanthropy was not discussed openly since the delivery of social services is a government responsibility. Some business tycoons are wary of setting foundations for fear of flouting their fortunes. In China, one-off donations are increasingly common, but sustainable philanthropic efforts have suffered due to the lack of a regulatory framework and public awareness. For more information see

Vietnam economy: Reform roll-back?ND

Economist Intelligence Unit, 21 September 2010

New government measures in Vietnam will allow governments to force pricing rules on domestic and foreign businesses alike. Even with possibility of legal action by the World Trade Organisation, the government is pushing ahead. Intervention will be used in cases where the price movements are determined to be ‘abnormal’. These new measures have been justified on the basis of rising inflation in the Vietnamese economy, and could require companies to hand over details of pricing structures and costs of component details. For more information see

Big names see which way the wind is blowingND

Fiona Harvey, Financial Times, 15 September 2010

It is expected that sustainability will increase in importance in the future. Many companies who decide to ‘go green’ find that innovations in business practice increase after such decisions. In many cases businesses are responding to external pressures. There is an increase of government regulation, pressure from civil groups and even investors demanding higher green standards. While many companies are still facing consequences of the financial crisis, they seem to have decreased the promotion of their initiatives. Yet this does not indicate that these initiatives have been reduced. This evidence of growing involvement from big companies in green innovation defies those who predicted that the recession would put an end to environmental initiatives. For more information see

Not every blog has its day ND

Lia Timson, Sydney Morning Herald, 14 September 2010

Despite an increase in the use of social media tools in the workplace, companies are discovering that simply introducing social software is not enough to keep their employees engaged. Companies that have enjoyed success from social software do so through actively managing it, including training, monitoring user activity behaviour and making constant adjustments. It is suggested that for collaboration tools to be effective, they must be ‘intuitive, work in short bursts and have a robust databank that is easy to search’. For more information see

Speaking up for your business on Microblog in ChinaND

Jonna Chou,CSR Asia, 8 September 2010

Businesses operating in Asia are flocking to the newest sensation, Microblogs, to promote themselves. Microblog offers greater communication and better transparency, with ‘followers’ able to comment and spread a company image. Microblogs can be a powerful communication tool for business to create a responsible image when employed well. However, it is a double-edged sword that can also create enormous damage to the corporate image if the risks are not managed well. As with any other social media site, companies must follow the most popular methods but be aware of the limitations of the software/sites. For more information see

China and the secret code: Foreign companies face new rulesND

Knowledge@ASB, 7 September 2010

New Chinese regulations now require all software and equipment sold to government agencies to be certified by government linked labs. The testing involves handing over encryption codes and intellectual property. The risks of complying with Beijing's new rules would be considerable since for many companies the only advantage they have is their intellectual property. On the other hand, China is too big a market to leave behind and companies could be forced to comply for the sake of gaining market share. Critics have concluded that these measures have created a hostile environment for foreign companies operating in these sectors. For more information see

Crowd sourcing: Is your next big idea just a mouse click away?ND

Knowledge@ASB, 07 September 2010

The corporate sector is moving towards crowds of public individuals with the expectation that one person alone will not solve a problem but more people will generate more ideas. At the most basic level, companies are leveraging their mainstream social media presences on sites such as Twitter. Many businesses have too much to do and not enough people to do the work. Organisations that are using this technique vary from government organisations (such as Tourism Australia) to banks firms (such as NAB). In addition, the problems that the crowds are tackling are getting broader in scope but help comes from a broad network including small and medium enterprises, single inventors as well as university groups and suppliers. For more information see

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